Protesters carry placards outside an Apple store in Boston on Feb. 23. A judge’s order may require the company to help federal agents hack an encrypted iPhone.
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Tech industry groups, security experts back AppleFrom security experts worried about hacking to independent app makers who fear more burdens on their business, a slew of tech industry groups and civil liberties advocates are filing court documents backing Apple in its fight with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. Several law-enforcement groups, meanwhile, filed briefs in support of federal authorities who are seeking Apple's help in hacking an encrypted iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino mass shooters.These "friends of the court" briefs come in advance of a March 22 hearing in which Apple is asking U.S. Magistrate Sheri Pym to reverse an order requiring Apple to create a software program that overrides iPhone security features. Relatives of five people who were killed, along with one survivor of the Dec. 2 attack, also filed a brief saying the FBI's request is lawful and calling Apple's concerns "speculative".
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